Seahawks sign former Steilacoom High receiver Herd

eric.williams@thenewstribune.comMay 30, 2013 

A roster cut by the Dallas Cowboys two weeks ago, Steilacoom High graduate and Eastern Washington University receiver Greg Herd signed with the Seattle Seahawks, and will begin participating in the team’s offseason workout program this week

Herd flew into Seattle from Cheney on Tuesday, and was one of several moves the Seahawks made on Wednesday.

To make room for Herd, the Seahawks released receiver Matt Austin with a “left squad” designation.

Seattle also released offensive lineman Jordan Roussos and claimed defensive tackle Michael Brooks (Lions) off the waiver wire.

At 6-foot-3 and 295 pounds, Brooks will likely be a candidate to work as an interior pass rushing specialist on passing downs for the Seahawks. The East Carolina product finished with 35 tackles and two sacks his senior season.

After making it through waivers, tight end Anthony McCoy reverted back to the Seahawks and was placed on the team’s injured reserve list. McCoy suffered a torn Achilles tendon during practice last week and had surgery.

Herd participated in Seattle’s local pro day in April at the team’s practice facility.

Herd said he’ll work mostly at split end with the Seahawks.

“You’re never entitled to anything,” Herd said. “But playing in my hometown with my family down the street everything is falling into place.

“It seems like the stars are aligned. It’s a great opportunity, and I’m going to make the most of it.”

Herd played four seasons at Eastern Washington, starting 22 of 47 games played. Herd finished second on the team in receptions his senior season with 66 catches for 952 yards and seven touchdowns.

At 6-3 and 200 pounds, Herd initially signed as an undrafted rookie free agent with Dallas but was released May 13.

“I felt like I was out there competing and putting out some good tape, but things didn’t pan out,” Herd said about his time in Dallas.

UW’S WILLIAMS CFL BOUND

Lakes High grad and former University of Washington standout Reggie Williams signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.

A first round selection of Jacksonville in the 2004 draft, Williams never lived up to lofty expectations while with the Jaguars.

Williams, 30, totaled 189 receptions for 2,332 yards and 18 touchdowns in five seasons with Jacksonville.

In 2010, Williams attempted to return to the league by signing with Seattle during Pete Carroll’s first season with the Seahawks. Williams competed with another reclamation project, Mike Williams, and was released before the beginning of training camp.

Now, Reggie and Mike Williams are back together again in Toronto. Mike Williams signed a deal with Toronto last week.

Eric D. Williams: 253-597-8437 eric.williams@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks @eric_d_williams

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